The spring in-service training for SPD is underway. Officers are getting CPR and medic training. The basic care and treatment an officer provides prior to medics arriving often makes the difference between life and death and greatly impacts the outcome of a medial trauma.
When Sgt. Jay Kernkamp became a medic more than a decade ago, the first-aid training Spokane Police Department officers received was minimal, which at the time was in line with how often officers needed to provide aid.